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Chester Brooks Kerr


Chester Brooks Kerr, American publisher. Recipient Curtis Benjamin prize, 1978; named to Publications Hall of Fame, 1986.


Kerr, Chester Brooks was born on August 5, 1913 in Norwalk, Connecticut, United States. Son of Chester M. and Mary (Seymour) Kerr.


Bachelor, Yale University, 1936. Doctor of Humane Letters honorary, Johns Hopkins University, 1978.


Editor Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1936-1940. Director Atlantic Monthly Press, 1940-1941. Acting. director United States International Book Association, 1946.

Vice president Reynal & Hitchcock, 1947. Director Survey of America University Presses, 1948-1949. Secretary Yale University Press, New Haven, 1949-1959, director, 1959-1979.

Fellow Berkeley College Yale University, 1950-1975. President Ticknor & Fields, a Houghton Mifflin Company New York City, 1979-1985. Member administrative board Papers of Benjamin Franklin, 1954-1977.

Director Franklin Book Program, 1971-1974. Consultant university presses public program Ford Foundation, 1956-1963, 65-67. Chief book division Office of War Information, 1942-1945.

Consultant to assistant secretary state for information, 1951. Consultant Library of Congress, 1976-1977. Member executive committee National Book Committee, 1968-1975.

Director National Enquiry, 1975-1978.


Vice chairman Connecticut Volunteers for Stevenson, 1952. Co-chairman New Haven McCarthy for President Committee, 1968. Trustee New Haven Free Public Library., 1953-1970, consultant Connecticut National Public Radio program Open Air, 1990-1991.

President Admirers of Aslaksen Society, since 1989. Member Association American University Presses (secretary-treasurer 1957-1959, president 1965-1967, director 1967-1968), American Book Publications Council (director 1966-1969), American Publications Association (director 1975-1978, secretary 1976-1977), International Association Scholarly Publications (president 1977-1980), Books Across-the-Sea (national chairman 1985-1987), English-Speaking Union. Clubs: Yale, Publishers Lunch, Grolier (New York City).

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Children by previous marriage: John Seymour II, Philip, Alexander, Chester Brooks Junior. Married Joan Paterson Mills, 1964. Stepchildren: Edwin S. Mills, Hilary Mills Loomis, Alison Mills.

Chester M. Kerr

Mary (Seymour) Kerr

Joan Paterson Mills

Edwin S. Mills Kerr

Hilary Mills Loomis Kerr

Alison Mills Kerr